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Your Laundry Room

Laundry day can be a hassle for anyone, but here are some tips that should make washing your clothes easier:

  • A laundry room sometimes brings to mind visions of a washing machine and dryer in a dark corner of the basement. Whether your laundry room is in the basement, or in a more brightly lit spot, make sure you have adequate lighting for reading dials, sorting clothes, and other tasks in your laundry room.

  • Mark the settings you use the most on your washer and dryer with bump dots or a 3D pen (also known as a Hi-Mark pen).

  • To measure laundry detergent, most liquid detergents have a cap that when filled has the proper amount to do a full load; by the same token, half a cap is normally used for half a load. You can also use a cup that has tactile or large print markings.

  • Put a rubber band, large print, or tactile label on the detergent bottle to distinguish it from other cleaning products.

  • If you dry clothes outside, make sure you have easy access to the clothesline.

  • Consider applying slip-resistant surfacing to flooring that might become slippery when wet.

  • When purchasing new clothing, pick items that have distinctive features such as buttons, trim, lapels, etc., which can help you identify the item by touch.

  • Hang matching tops and bottoms on the same hanger as you take them out of the dryer.

  • Have a hook or rod nearby to hang clothes on when removing them from the dryer.

  • You can pin your socks before washing, or keep them together with a sock lock (also known as a sock tuck).

  • Dirty laundry can be placed in two different baskets, one for dark and one for light, to make laundry day easier.

For More Information:

AccessWorld®. Access in the Kitchen: An Update on Home Appliances. This article reviews washers and dryers, along with stoves, dishwashers, microwaves, and wall ovens.

AccessWorld Appliances Close Up: The Accessibility of Major Appliances for Those Using Low-Vision Techniques-- AccessWorld discusses the accessibility of household appliances for people who have low vision.

Tips to Help with Laundry and Laundromats can help with more about the task of doing laundry.

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